In my handwoven textile artwork piece Riversnake, I use my artistic voice as a platform for speaking to our current times. This allows me to address issues close to my heart while creating beautiful art for someone. My fabrics are metaphors to address the environmental damage caused by the textile and fashion industries. In this piece, the threads represent the damage to waterways caused by the textile and fashion industries. The ‘river’ starts out clear but gets more muddied as it flows through the piece. The end shape is reminiscent of a Chinese dragon and alludes to the region that has suffered the most ecological damage.
I use my fabrics as others use paints or inks. Like a pointillist, I create handwoven textile artwork that delights from afar yet reveals new intricacies upon closer inspection. The fabrics create a kaleidoscopic work of intersecting designs and patterns.
Fiber speaks to my sense of order. There is a never-ending source of color options and my hands always stay clean! My tools are texture, color and pattern. When combined, they produce tactile dimension as well as visual impact in my finished works.
Patrons consider my wearable fabrics as art that should be on a wall, so this handwoven textile artwork is my response to their insight. The intricate patterns draw you in, revealing more details as you get closer.